An alert (and relatively new) reader writes:
I really enjoy “06880.” I love seeing slices of Westport I otherwise would not.
I liked the sweet articles of late about the beach, especially because I had 2 really negative experiences the past couple of days.
First, I was walking near the beach, with 2 friend and 3 dogs. In general I find people very friendly down by the beach, happy to see people out and about. Drivers are usually patient about sharing the road with people and dogs.
Yesterday, a car behind us honked 4 times. We thought it was someone we knew saying hello.
Nope. It was an older woman (blue BMW), outraged, throwing her arms in the air and yelling how rude we were.
There was no traffic, and plenty of room to pass us. Nasty woman with road rage.
The 2nd incident was at Longshore — a truly appalling scene.
Parks & Rec wonderfully employs a special needs gentleman to take garbage from tables and pick up the grounds. A sweet man.
He is a little bit zealous, and may at times try to clean up tables while people are still eating. A simple “we’re not quite finished yet,” and he walks away to another area, then comes back later.
A woman went up to the girls working at Joey’s and complained for 5 minutes, while her kids (13 and 10-ish) stood next to her. She was up in arms that this man should ruin her meal, make her feel rushed and uncomfortable.
The young girl from Joey’s told her she would need to speak to someone at Parks & Rec to complain.
Afterwards, I went up to the window and asked if people often complain about the man. She said “never!”
What a teachable moment to have with your kids. Instead she showed them intolerance, unkindness, and just plain meanness.
I spoke to other moms in the area. They were all equally appalled that this woman would complain, instead of showing humanity.
Thankfully these moments are few and far between.
PS: I would love to publicly thank the kind couple on Soundview who leave clean water out for dogs, every day.